The high school elective courses are required for graduation in many states. Each elective is designed as a complete one-semester course of study with a two-fold purpose:
The first purpose is to enable the student to learn about a subject outside the core curriculum. With this experience, students are led to higher-level thinking and application of what they learn in extended projects. There is less reliance on multiple-choice questions in these lessons and a much broader use and focus on essays or constructed responses.
The second purpose of the elective titles is to provide a learning experience that will transition the student to adult learning. Some of the titles require access to Internet resources because much of the information that students explore and read is from sources linked from the ALS lesson. This type of study provides the student experience using external resources, which gives them tools for lifelong learning. The program provides the students with direct access to resources, agencies and services that may serve them in the community at large.
SPANISH 1A (Grades 9-12):
Spanish IA is a comprehensive course for grades 9-12 designed to help students comprehend and communicate the Spanish language as well as gain a better awareness of Spanish-speaking cultures by focusing on vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading, and writing of the Spanish language. The course is divided into weekly units of four lessons designed to examine a variety of topics and teach basic conversational skills applicable in the classroom and daily use. Lessons 1-3 of all units consist of a daily lesson and a practice and mastery test for student learning. Lesson 4 of each unit contains a review of material learned in that unit, an interactive game, and the unit test. Spanish IA includes topics such as common greetings and cognates, school and classes, time, days, months, seasons, and weather, appearance, personality, and feelings, daily activities and sports, asking questions and giving positive and negative responses, food and drinks, going to the supermarket, and going to a restaurant. 17 units.
SPANISH 1B (Grades 9-12):
Spanish IB is designed to help students comprehend and communicate the Spanish language as well as have a better understanding of Spanish cultures. Lessons cover a variety of topics and build on the conversation and grammatical skills introduced in Spanish IA, allowing students to become more proficient in their knowledge of the Spanish language. Spanish I B builds on the conversational skills introduced in Spanish IA. This course is divided into weekly units with four lessons in each unit. Lessons 1-3 of all units consist of a daily lesson and a practice and mastery test. Lesson 4 of each unit contains a review of material learned in that unit, an interactive game, and the unit test. Spanish IB includes topics such as use of reflexive verbs and pronouns, families and kinship, household objects and chores, medical words and phrases, cardinal directions, travel terms and locations, personality descriptors, games and activities, and technology. 18 units.
ANTHROPOLOGY (Grades 9-12):
Anthropology is a behavioral science that focuses on the study of humanity and culture. Anthropologists research the characteristics and origin of the cultural, social, and physical development of humans. They may also determine why some cultures change and other cultures come to an end. Students learn the foundations of the five main branches of anthropology including physical, social, linguistic, archeology, and cultural. They are provided the opportunity to apply their observational skills to the real-life study of cultures in the United States and around the world. 30 Lessons.
ART APPRECIATION (Grades 9-12):
The Art Appreciation course is a survey of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the elements of design. The history and art of past and present world cultures is introduced. The course is designed to enable students to identify, evaluate, and comprehend various forms and styles of art. The course also explores career opportunities in the various fields of art. Click the picture to see the detailed course description. 25 lessons.
CAREER ESSENTIALS (Grades 9-12):
The Career Essentials course prepares students to deal with the various aspects of the job search such as resume writing, job interviewing, thank you letters, and prospective job offers. Objectives from elective courses are not tested on national or state achievement tests. 32 lessons.
HEALTH (Grades 9-12):
The Health course is designed to encourage students to take an active role in personal health. Students will learn about a variety of health topics including, health risks, types of illnesses, functions of the major systems of the body, and health career options. Objectives from elective courses are not tested on national or state achievement tests. As a result, there are no course and adaptive assessments developed for our elective course titles. 39 lessons
HUMANITIES 1 (Grades 9-12):
The Humanities I and II lessons focus on the performing arts of music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures, and television. Humanities, along with the social and natural sciences, represent the knowledge that humans have developed throughout history. Focusing on the philosophical, spiritual, and artistic aspects of life, Humanities explores the artistic and cultural accomplishments of individuals in the following academic areas: literature, religion, painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, art history, music, theater, film, dance, cultural studies of civilizations, philosophy, languages, ethics, and the classics of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. 31 lessons.
HUMANITIES 2 (Grades 9-12):
The Humanities I and II lessons focus on the performing arts of music, dance, theater, opera, motion pictures, and television. Humanities, along with the social and natural sciences, represent the knowledge that humans have developed throughout history. Focusing on the philosophical, spiritual, and artistic aspects of life, Humanities explores the artistic and cultural accomplishments of individuals in the following academic areas: literature, religion, painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, art history, music, theater, film, dance, cultural studies of civilizations, philosophy, languages, ethics, and the classics of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. 30 lessons
LIFETIME FITNESS (Grades 9-12):
Lifetime Fitness is a lifelong pursuit. This course is designed to teach students basic concepts of lifetime physical fitness as well as give them experience with self-designed exercise programs. This course will allow students to investigate public resources that are available for understanding fitness and accessing activities from walking and hiking to kayaking. 26 lessons.
PERSONAL FINANCE (Grades 9-12):
An important aspect of every student’s future is the ability to plan and implement sound and responsible financial goals. The Personal Finance course will educate students in a variety of financial and monetary subjects, including the foundations of economics, preparing a budget, understanding paychecks and tax deductions, banking, and the importance of researching the quality of goods to make consumer choices. Lessons of similar topics have been grouped into units to provide smooth transitions from one lesson to the next. 28 lessons
PSYCHOLOGY (Grades 9-12):
Psychology is one of the behavioral sciences and encompasses the study of the human mind. Psychologists use laboratory research and observation to determine how people’s thoughts influence their actions. Social psychologists focus on how members of a group interact with each other. Students examine how these interactions can lead the group to agreements and success or disagreements and failure. Students will also explore how people use their mental processes to learn, solve problems, and face the challenges of their daily lives. 33 lessons
SOCIOLOGY (Grades 9-12):
The Sociology course presents sociology as the behavioral science of groups, communities, and societies. The process of socialization, norms, folkways and mores, scientific research, social behavior, social institutions, culture, population, minorities, and changes to the informal and formal structure of the society are explored in depth. Students are led through a series of study units where they apply research strategies to the detailed examination of sociological data and statistics from numerous studies by various United States federal agencies. 28 lessons.